Red Wolves end practice Saturday running

Everyday of fall camp can't be as good as Friday's effort was for Arkansas State's University Football team. In fact Saturday morning first year head coach Hugh Freeze wasn't pleased with the enthusiasm and effort. The team got's its first taste of running after practice. Go "Inside" this detailed practice report and notebook for the latest on the Red Wolves.

Everyone realizes that a Hugh Freeze Football team is going to be a fast paced team, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

In fact for the first two days of fall camp, the pace of camp was at a high tempo, enough that the first year head coach didn't run his team for conditioning after practice.

That wasn't the case here Saturday morning on Day 3 of Arkansas State Football under Coach Freeze.

Freeze admitted after practice when he visited with the media he was disappointed in the teams overall effort and work Saturday.

"Didn't like the way we came out, didn't come out with the same enthusiasm we came out yesterday with," Freeze said. "I'm not a coach that needs to condition the team, the way we normally practice, but we didn't give great effort today and I told them that anytime that we don't we will run afterwards."

Freeze understands the demands of a fall camp and realizes his team has a short turnaround from yesterday's practice to this morning.

"We have to become mentally tougher as a football team," Freeze said. "I realize that it's quick turnaround, but we did that purposely. The defense finished today's practice really well but other than that I thought we didn't a lot of things today with the same energy and enthusiasm that we expect and demand from this team."

Friday Freeze praised his team and loved the practice and energy level, Day three was a different situation.

It appears that the quarterbacks and receivers timing was a little off on Saturday, something that Freeze admitted.

"It wasn't as sharp as it was yesterday," Freeze said. "We had a pretty high wind blowing today, I'm sure some of the guys are tired but we can't use that for an excuse. We have to get tougher as a team, physically and mentally."

Another issue the quarterbacks were having was some bad snaps from center, apparently due to the second team center being out Saturday morning.

"That was another issue we were having," Freeze said. "Had some snap troubles, we have to get that fixed, one guy was out and caused some issues."

Freeze will now give the team approximately 36 hours to recover physically while the team will go through meetings and treatment, the teams next practice will be Sunday night.

Freeze and his coaching staff will take the team and their personal families to church Sunday morning, something that is important to Freeze.

"I feel blessed to have this job and what God has given me," Freeze said. "I feel that God put me in this role so I can be an influence on young men's lives on and off the football field. All of our coaches and their families will be joining us and we will attend church and then have lunch together afterwards as a family and team. I don't push my faith on others, I just hope that others can see by the way we live our lives that we all have a greater purpose."

Good News For Red Wolves learned that the grades are in and that all players are eligible to play this fall. Two players were in question, it appears that those players are back out on the practice field this morning.

Unofficial visitors on campus today

Memphis Brighton wide receiver Ricky Foster was on campus today with his father taking in practice. will have an interview later this evening on his visit and thoughts of the ASU campus. Matt Brown a big wideout, tight end type from Memphis Harding Academy was also in attendance at practice this morning. We will have an update on him as well.

New Quarterback

Tight end and former high school quarterback Andre Smith took some snaps at the signal caller position. "We will give him a few looks back there," Freeze said after practice. "We are looking at a few possibilities for the No. 3 guy.

New guys still receiving praise

"I love all the guys that we signed at the corner position in this last class," Freeze said. "Terrious Tripplet looked great out there today."

"J.D. McKissick and Kyle Coleman have been impressive so far." "We are going to have several young guys contribute for us this fall. Artez Brown is doing a great job so far for us."

Running backs look more elusive than in the past

With the addition of Frankie Jackson, the Red Wolves will apparently have a home run threat the position more so than in the past. Jackson has been very impressive in three practices so far, showing off his speed and elusiveness during drills. Look for Jackson to get a lot of playing time this fall.

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